It's back to business in the Premier League this weekend as we look to maintain our position on top of the table, and our build-up begins with the key match stats and info...
Newcastle vs Chelsea head to head
Chelsea have won two of our last three Premier League away games against Newcastle, losing the other in January 2020.
The Blues are looking to win back-to-back league games at Newcastle for the first time since April 2009.
Newcastle United (5-4-1): Darlow; Manquillo (Almiron 65), Fernandez, Lascelles (c) (Schar h/t), Clark, Lewis; Murphy, S Longstaff, Hayden, Saint-Maximin (Carroll 74); Joelinton
Unused subs: Gillespie, Krafth, Shelvey, Hendrick
Booked: Hayden 39, Murphy 44
Head coach: Steve Bruce
Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Chilwell (Emerson 81); Kovacic, Kante (c), Mount; Ziyech (Giroud 87), Abraham, Werner (Hudson-Odoi 76)
Unused subs: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Jorginho
Scorers: Fernandez own goal 10, Abraham 65
Head coach: Frank Lampard
Referee: Craig Pawson
Chelsea in numbers
Chelsea’s 18.3 per cent goals-to-shots ratio is the best by some distance in the Premier League this season. Leicester are second (13.5 per cent) and Liverpool third (13.3 per cent).
We last won three in a row on the road while keeping a clean sheet in November 2016.
Chelsea’s reverse at Aston Villa on the final day of last season is our only defeat on the road in 13 away outings in the Premier League since Tuchel took over (nine wins, three draws).
The last player to score in five successive league matches is Frank Lampard in 2010.
The Blues have kept more clean sheets (17) than conceded goals (16) in the Premier League since Tuchel took over as head coach (28 games). Five of those goals conceded came in one game against West Brom.
A quarter of our Premier League goals (six) have been scored in the final 15 minutes this season.
In the Premier League we have had 14 different scorers in our opening nine games – the earliest in a campaign a team has ever had as many players to score for them in the competition’s history (excluding own goals).
Premier League - 12th
FA Cup - Third round
League Cup - Quarter-finals
Top scorer all competitions - Callum Wilson 12 (all league)
Only Norwich (23) have conceded more Premier League goals this season than Newcastle (20).
Newcastle are looking for their first win of the season in all competitions. Their last victory was on the final day of last season when they won 2-0 at already-relegated Fulham.
The Magpies have won three Premier League games out of 15 at St James’ Park in 2021; against Southampton in February, West Ham in April and Sheffield United in May.
The Magpies have dropped eight points after taking the lead at St James’ Park this term.
Callum Wilson has scored six goals in his last six Premier League games, as many as he had in his previous 21 in the competition.
Steve Bruce’s departure was the 13th time that a Newcastle manager has departed the club during a Premier League campaign, the most in-season departures for any club in the competition.
Newcastle's last Premier League match
Saturday 23 October 2021
Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1
Team (5-3-2): Darlow; Manquillo, Krafth, Lascelles (c), Clark, Ritchie; Hayden, S Longstaff (Willock 66), Fraser (Almiron 66); Wilson, Saint-Maximin (Joelinton 81)
Scorer: Wilson 65
Booked: Wilson 27, Lascelles 59, Joelinton 90+2, Ritchie 90+4
Newcastle's major summer signings
Cameron Ferguson - Tranmere
Santiago Munoz - Santos Laguna (loan)
Remi Savage - Liverpool
Charlie Wiggett - Chelsea
Joe Willock - Arsenal
There are no suspensions. In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match-suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Newcastle: Ritchie 3, Joelinton 2, Clark 2, Hayden 2, Lascelles 2, Manquillo 2, Schar 2, Wilson 2, Almiron 1, Darlow 1, S Longstaff 1, Murphy 1, Saint-Maximin 1, Shelvey 1
Chelsea: Alonso 2, Rudiger 2, Christensen 1, Kovacic 1, Mendy 1, Thiago Silva 1, Werner 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Paul Tierney
VAR: David Coote
Paul Tierney is the official for the third time in our 10th Premier League match of the season. He was also the referee in our two North London victories at Tottenham and Arsenal.